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Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 26 March 1943 (USA)
One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of... See full summary »

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Frank Gill Jr. (original screenplay), Frances Hyland (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carroll ... Rick Farrell
Susan Hayward ... Jill Wright
Gail Patrick ... Toni Jarrett
Eve Arden ... Belinda Wright
Melville Cooper ... Bradley Cole
Walter Catlett ... J. MacClellan Davis
Mary Treen ... Janie
Tom Kennedy ... Westinghouse
Astrid Allwyn ... Joyce Germaine
Tim Ryan ... Brownie May
Jack Williams Jack Williams ... The Harlem Sandman
Dorothy Dandridge ... Count Basie Band Singer
Albert Whitman Albert Whitman ... Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie)
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... Singing Group
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One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE PEAK OF SWING PLAYED BY THE RHYTHM KING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change of Heart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1949 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Limpwitz Little Liver Pills
(uncredited)
Music by Albert M. Newman
Lyrics by Frank Gill Jr.
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Hit Parade of 1943 provided a nice supply of talented African-American musical performers
29 January 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched on Netflix Streaming this obscure musical comedy called Hit Parade of 1943 (though the print that ran on screen had another title called Change of Heart with the original in small print below it with "formerly" preceding it). In it, Susan Hayward plays Jill Wright, an aspiring songwriter who finds out the publisher and singer she's been going out with, Rick Ferrell (John Carroll), has taken sole author credit to her consternation. So she plots with her sister, Belinda (Eve Arden), to ruin him and his publishing partner, J. MacClellan Davis (Walter Catlett). Meanwhile, Ferrell is also dating a Toni Jarret (Gail Patrick). I'll stop there and just say that this was quite a funny and musically entertaining picture. In fact, I was surprised at how much I laughed at the whole thing with that cast. And much of the songs were quite enjoyable which probably shouldn't be a surprise since the writers were Jule Styne and Harold Adamson. The reason I decided to watch this one having not known about it before was because with Black History Month a few days away, I wanted to find out about what was available to view from someone like Dorothy Dandridge who was best known for Carmen Jones but had previously made various cameo and supporting parts in the preceding years. So when I looked her up on Netflix, this was listed as available for streaming. Anyway, she sings with the Count Basie band on a number called Harlem Sandman. It's accompanied by dancer Ruth Scott who I saw in Stormy Weather and Murder at the Vanities and by a couple of tap dancing pros named Pops (Albert Whitman) and Louie (Louis Williams). The latter two really impress with their backflips. Other African-American players include Nick Stewart-best known as Lightnin' on the TV series "Amos 'n' Andy" and who would later co-star with Ms. Dandridge on CJ-as Willie the janitor who gives inspiration to Jill and Rick for the Harlem number, Cordell Hickman-who I first saw as a kid in the last Our Gang short Tale of a Dog as Buckwheat's friend Big Shot-as someone who Jill takes over on a yard chore so he can spy on some wartime enemies, Ernest Morrison-who was an original Our Gang member with the name "Sunshine Sammy"-as the Heaven Air Pilot in the Harlem number, and The Golden Gate Quartette-who I previously saw as waiters accompanying Dick Powell and Mary Martin in the "Hit the Road to Dreamland" number of Star Spangled Rhythm and in "The General Died at Dawn" number of Hollywood Canteen-who appear in two sequences: as the kitchen help singing a love song as Jill and Rick leave Cordell's yard for some lovin' and as soldiers on a radio show performing a song with the title of "Yankee Doodle Tan". They were all pretty enjoyable. So on that note, I recommend Hit Parade of 1943. P.S. John Carroll is a native of New Orleans, a two hour drive from the city where I live in. Oh, and since I always like to cite whenever a player from my favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life appears in something else, that's Mary Treen as Carroll's secretary, Janie.


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